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  1. Josephine E. Williams: Uncovering the Story of a Nineteenth Century Teacher, Diarist, Poetry Lover

    Josephine E. Williams: Uncovering the Story of a Nineteenth Century  Teacher, Diarist, Poetry Lover

    By: H. Scott Hankla Introduction In my paternal grandfather’s old cherry desk was a worn, dusty portfolio made of heavy black cardboard, and on its cover and back were engravings of a building with the words “New York Crystal Palace for the Exhibition of All Nations.”  Inside the portfolio was a...

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  2. Correcting the Record: the Real Story of David Cozine Westerfield, 1825 – 1900

    Correcting the Record: the Real Story of David Cozine Westerfield, 1825 – 1900

    By: Ronald Clay Belcher David Cozine Westerfield of Mercer County, Kentucky, enlisted in 1861 and valiantly served with the Union Army, 19th Kentucky Regiment. On 2 January 1862, at Camp Harrod, Harrodsburg, his unit was mustered into service. Westerfield’s service with Company B took him from Kentucky to West Virginia...

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  3. Emily, Charles and Joe: The Graham/Jones/Davis Surname Mystery

    Emily, Charles and Joe: The Graham/Jones/Davis Surname Mystery

    By: Mary E. Clay This is a story about a surname puzzle.  A similar story could be told by many other African Americans trying to find their ancestors.  The search for the surnames the ancestors took after they were freed can be a true test of one’s research abilities.  This...

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  4. The George Blackburn Family of Leaders

    The George Blackburn Family of Leaders

    By: Elizabeth Rouse Fielder The George Blackburn Family Major George Blackburn Sr. (b. 16 January 1745, d. 9 September 1817) was one of the early settlers of Augusta County, Virginia.  He married Prudence Berry (b. 5 November 1754, d. 14 June 1836) in Virginia on the 12th of October 1771...

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  5. Dennis and Diadamia Doram: A View of the American Dream

    Dennis and Diadamia Doram: A View of the American Dream

    By: Julie Maio Kemper, Curator, Museum Collections & Exhibitions, Kentucky Historical Society Around a corner in the Kentucky Historical Society’s permanent exhibit, “A Kentucky Journey,” two portraits sit enclosed in a large glass case. These are the images of Dennis and Diadamia Doram, dated 1839.  Like many prosperous 19th century Kentuckians, the Dorams...

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  6. The “Not-So-Secret” Demise of John Cronin

    The “Not-So-Secret” Demise of John Cronin

    Using Historical Newspapers to Solve a Genealogical Mystery By Kathy Reed My grandmother was secretive. Ask her how old she was. No definitive answer. What is your wedding anniversary?  No answer for that, either. I remember one whispered conversation among older members of my family questioning whether or not my...

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